Tuesday, December 22, 2015

NA1 - Unit 7B: Describing places

In this lesson there is an exercise of describing a photograph, which is not very frequent in our daily life. However, we usually describe places we've been to, destinations we enjoyed a lot or our own favourite sites. apart from the photocopies I gave you in class, here you are some exercise to improve your vocabulary and your writing:
  • a video with adjectives for describing places: click here
  • a presentation to help you improve your vocabulary: click here
  • if you want to see a model of different descriptions of places , click here
I hope this entry is useful but remember to have these tips in mind when you'r describing a place:
  • Start the description thinkning that the person who is reading/listening to you might not have been there before. Take into account the typical questions: where it is that place, think of relevant details for the location and don't take anything for granted.
  • Use adjectives and adverbs to make the description more lively.
  • Make clear paragraphs: 1) as an introduction, start with the location 2) the most important sites of that place 3) what to do there 4) why that place is important for you 5) as a conclution say why that place is so relevant.
See you after Christmas, guys!

Christmas Time

Christmas is very special in English speaking countries and you can find a lot of references on the internet. Here you are some links with videos, music and even recipes to try. I hope you'll enjoy everything. And I wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2016. Have a nice holiday!

http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/ : this is a page with a lot of information about Christmas including traditions, history, explanations of typical things and some examples of Christmas around the world.
http://www.history.com/topics/christmas/christmas-traditions-worldwide this is a short video which explains the history and traditions about Christmas.
This other page includes videos about many topics related to Christmas:

Christmas carols
This is also a worldwide tradition which is really famous. There are quite a lot of sites and videos with carols. Here you are just a few:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KG4yCPc_Tw : this is a video with some of the most famous carols with lyrics. It's a mix of them so try to see how many you already know.
http://www.carols.org.uk/index.htm : this British page has a large selection of carols with lyrics, music and some videos. As an example I've chosen these two:
But we are also used to listening the typical American carols, with more rythm. These are some of that kind:

Christmas recipes
Cookies are one of the most typical things to do at this time so try this recipe of shortbread, a delicious butter buiscuit or the traditional scones for teatime: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/shortbread_1290
But if you want to enjoy cooking something special with the most “special people” at home, we recommend you to make these funny recipes with your children:

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

That's English! - Module 9 - Unit 7: The future looks bright

In this unit we are talking about future plans, dreams and wishes. Apart frome the revision of future sentences, we are having a look at future continous: I'll be working on... We use tis tense when we are quite sure that something will happen in a precise future. For that reason you need certain expressions of time and here we've got some to say that something is likely to happen or we wish something to happen in the future:
  • At some time in the future... I hope to be developing my career... In 10 years' time I hope to be working for a big company... This time next year I'll be living in London...
Apart from future continuous, we have perfect future. This tense is used for finished or complete asctions in the future: By this time tomorrow I'll have finished my work.

exercise 1: futuure progresive      exercise 2: perfect future

For a further explanation and to see some common expressions of time for these tenses go to these links:
Just to finish with, have a look about writing skills on the book and pay attention to the exercises based on your personal opinion as they'll be likely to be used in the oral exam.

NI1 - Unit 3B: Stereotypes

This is a very typical topic, especially when we talk about differences about men and women.
Here you are a video which speaks about this: click here
About grammar we've been working with articles. Here you are some exercises to practise:

To finish with, here you are to songs which show the other's point of view:
  • If I were a boy by Beyonce: click here
  • I want to break free by Queen: click here

Thursday, December 3, 2015

That's English! - Module 9 - Unit 6: As nice as pie

Tastes in food and clothe have changed a lot recently and this is the topic of this lesson. Let's start with some questions and/or reflections:
  • In food: new products and new ways of cooking due to technology;  more allergies an new tendencies (celiac, vegan, Mediterranean diet, etc.) "globalization" of food such as sushi, tex-mex, couscous,  Chinese food, delicatessen stores and so on.
  • In clothing: new designs and materials, people spend more time and money on going shopping; international trade marks such as Zara or Next; revivals or vintage clothes.
Discuss with your mate what changes in food have you notice in the place you live: supermarkets, restaurants, ways of cooking at home, products which are reduced and some others which have become familiar, etc.

Talk about your favourite food now and the one you loved as a child. Has your taste changed a lot?

In the book they talk about soul food. What's your favourite soul food? How do you make itor where do you get it? Ak your partner about this and give reasons and details with your answers.

Has your way of dressing changed a lot since you were a teenager? Talk about the main changes and try to explain why you've changed. What would you like to wear if you could afford it?

A good way to see how fashion has changed is to compare your dressing as a child and nowadays. What are the main differences?

Food an dressing are part of our own culture and both show a personal taste. Try to compare what you've learnt in the book about British style and Spanish style. Try to see the good points and the drawbacks of both.

In addition to these activities, remember you have some exercises in your textbook to practise your speaking. Go to them with your partner.

About grammar, this unit deals with quantifiers; here you are some exercises to work on this:
The other topic is relative sentences. remember this kind of clauses are used to improve your writing, to give more detail about something mentioned before and to have a more lively description. Here you are some exercises as well:
Although this listening is not about the topic, it might be helpful to work with it; click here